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Renaissance Vinyl
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The career paths of bands with long and rich histories are akin to fingerprints; no two are identical. No such statement could be more appropriately applicable than to the forty-four year career of British progressive rock pioneers Renaissance.

The band, acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, can trace its origins back to 1969 ... Read more in Amazon's Renaissance Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B004E5OIEG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Renaissance with all that means 12 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
I just love Renaissance's music and this is one of their later albums. Annie Haslam's voice is just heavenly. The rendition of "Trip to the Fair" shows what the group could do in its lighter moods but this is contrasted by Scheherazade - 20+ minutes of music to get lost in - almost like a good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of an odyessey... 18 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
This was the first album I ever purchased by Renaissance. Because I was always a fan of progressive rock, a band with a female singer was intriguing to say the least. Annie Haslam on vocals, John Tout on keyboards and piano, Jon Camp on bass, Michael Dunford on guitar with Terry Sullivan on drums did not ever dissapoint. I still play this album (vinyl) on occasion. It opens up with a haunting melody about a trip to a fair that is more out of Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" than any good time. The song "Ocean Gypsy" has been covered by Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore and their band "Blackmore's Night", proving the enduring quality of work here.

The Sheherazade suite was the entire side of side 2, and as a body of work in itself provides the listener with a kaliedescope of musical imagery that truly transports you into another time. For those who were unaware, Annie had one of the most unique vocal traits, having a range that spanned five octaves. The average singer has a range of about 2-3.
That was complimented by the songs that were written by Michael Dunford and Betty Thatcher. This songwriting team was sadly, one of the most underrated in music, and were one of the best!
I love hearing when younger people get turned onto this type of music. This band could also replicate live what they did in the studio, which was rather remarkable considering the multilayered sound that was favoured to showcase Annie's voice.
This album, and band is well worth checking out.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neo-classical rock for the connoisseur 12 Mar 2004
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Over the years I've dusted off my Renaissence vinyl collection on several occasions, reminding me of the occasion when I saw the band perform at the Apollo, Manchester sometime in the early 80s. Musically, they were always highly competent and professional, never gave less than good value and were capable of reproducing their studio act on stage to an uncanny degree, given that this was before the age of PCs and tapes on stage. Live music played by live musicians, plus the distinctive voice of good old Annie Haslam from Bolton.
And the specialism of Renaissence was not 3-minute pop songs but epics in size, scale, grandeur, and especially time. A Renaissence special might start at about the 9 or 10-minute mark (Running Hard, Touching Once is so Hard to Keep etc.), and sometimes lasting as long as the 20+ minutes of Scheherazade on this collection. That apart, there is a 10+ minute Trip to the Fair, a fine piece of music with a spooky interlude towards the end; the slightly nondescript Vultures Fly High; and a haunting melody called Ocean Gypsy, with Annie supported by a phalanx of strings.
One of the songs they performed live on stage was an extended - that's right - version of the aforementioned Vultures, and frankly I wished they'd stuck to the shorter version. In fact, the band often performed at their best on comparatively brief numbers and simple arrangements like So Cold is Being Lonely, but that is not a lesson they learned easily. The fans of 70s neo-classic rock liked to spread out, and that's what they got.
This is not to criticise Renaissence, just to say they were a product of their time and deserve every credit for that. I don't think this is their best effort, but it's dripping with all the ingredients that make the band unique and memorable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for the Music...... 19 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
Well what can I say, Aged 32 and been into rock and metal all my life and then to hear Northern Lights playing on a radio station one afternoon on my way home from work... I thought it was a new record just released and oh no... a whole back catalogue of a sound I hadnt heard before with such pure vocals and perfect symphonic music... Trip to the fair (shouldnt that be fayre?) is just an astounding track with the smooth piano breaks and the choir intro. astounding... Finishing with Sheherazade, a 25 minuite Anthem of pure genius (check out the live version on Carnegie...) You will *NOT* be dissapointed in this recording... I havent yet heard any of Annies solo Material yet, but will be getting there in time :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars classic(al) 11 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
This is music that doesn't easily fit into an easily explained single genre, which of course is mostly a good thing.
I remember them vaguely from the early to mid 70's but for whatever reason i have always categorized them (in my head) as folk. However when reading Stephen Lambe's book 'Citizens of Hope and Glory-The Story of Progressive Rock' i was surprised to see this album highly recommended as "neo-classical prog rock" so i took the plunge and bought it.
Having listened a few times now i can just about see the prog-rock reference but for me it's more in the vein of symphonic/pomp/folk and although a good album i'm not (yet) totally convinced by it.
Only 4 tracks but one is nearly 11 minutes and the piece de resistance, the title track, nearly 25 minutes.
I think the folkiness comes from Annie Haslam's beautiful voice as she could easily be the singer for Steeleye Span or Fairport Convention etc.
The opener 'Trip to the Fair' has a dramatic piano (an instrument used extensively throughout the album) introduction lasting 3 and a half minutes and sounding at times a lot like Keith Emerson, and also includes an hysterical laugh before settling down into a lovely ballad with hints of jazz and a fairground sounding ending.
The next 2 tracks 'The vultures fly high' and 'ocean gypsy' are more standard affairs with the former having a rockier tone and the latter being more orchestrated although both are quite catchy.
I actually prefer these first 3 tracks and can't get that excited over the closing multi-faceted piece 'Song of Scheherazade' as although technically very clever i've never really been a lover of strings/orchestras and i thought they were too invasive.
I'd give 3.5 stars if i could or 7 out of 10.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars difficult to download track no. 4
track 4 had over length title and would not download successfully without temp transfer and changing title. 3 more words
Published 10 months ago by Peter kirkwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative, invloving
A wonderfully powerful selection of songs. Although the first track, Trip to the Fair, is probably the most difficult to get into, everything else on this is quite breath-taking,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Christopher Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars Trip to the fair
This album is divided in two, the first part contain three songs. They are are very nice, with the exception of Ocean Gypsy, which is a great song with cool singing from Annie... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lord Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories from my past
Renaissance should be part of your music collection. Just great sounds from a time lost in history. Annie Haslam's voice is mesmerising - never to be repeated.
Published 15 months ago by sk5333
5.0 out of 5 stars But it Now
Only 4 tracks on this "Song of scherharazade" is nearly 25 minutes so nowt to complain about here, "Trip to ther Fair" and "Ocean Gypsy" are allways well... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Linnaeus
4.0 out of 5 stars More Annie Haslam magic
Not quite the magic of "Turn Of The Cards" but Annie Haslam's voice is still a joy to hear again (and again and again....)
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance - Scheherazade and other stories CD
This is a very beautiful CD. I already have the live "Renaissance at Carnegie Hall" album. However, this CD provides the studio version of the songs and is perfect. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by Mike G,
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Prog of the highest order
Renaissance are one of the best art prog bands ever. Even their different lineups did not change the quality of music they produced. Annie Haslams voice is amazing.
Published on 4 May 2011 by craig H
5.0 out of 5 stars At the peak of their form
this is a masterwork-no filler at all for the first time: Trip to the fair, Vultures, Ocean gypsy are works of marvel. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2007 by Mark C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Note-this is the 2006 remaster (REP 5080) Get it!
These were a ll quietly remastered, LP mini sleve deluxe insert., UPC code is sticker on cellophane. No cover wrecking FBI l( or D-notice)logo or UPC.
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Published on 2 Jun 2007 by Mark C.
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